Mjema counsels cotton farmers in Shinyanga to increase production

23Jun 2022
The Guardian
Mjema counsels cotton farmers in Shinyanga to increase production

​​​​​​​SHINYANGA Regional Commissioner, Sophia Mjema has appealed to the residents of the region to increase the pace in cotton farming whose price, she said, was now friendly and will increase their incomes.

Mjema made the remarks on Monday this week as she was speaking at a public meeting in Mwamalasa Ward in Kishapu District at which she also heard their complaints.

She said the Phase VI Government of President Samia Suluhu Hassan is determined to raise cotton farmers’ economic wellbeing and issued the crop’s indicative price of 1,900/- to 2,000/- per kilo which, she said was friendly.

"I beseech you to cultivate cotton in abundance as the price is now friendly to you, as earlier the price was 1,560/- per kilo, but now it is 1,900/- to 2,000/- per kilo,” she added.

The RC also called on them to continue supporting President Samia for her hard work in serving the people, and that they should ignore the few misleading people, especially in regard of rising prices of basic goods in the country.

She said rising prices of basic goods cannot be blamed on the government, but has been contributed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War, but President samia has been fighting to reduce the inflation by providing 100bn/- subsidy to cushion the price rises.

Meanwhile, Kishapu District Commissioner, Joseph Mkude praised the government for cotton’s indicative price and pledged they will continue managing the cultivation of the crop including educating farmers on profitable farming practices.

Some of the people who attended the meeting, praised the new indicative price for cotton, and asked the government to increase the number of agricultural experts to enable them reach out to all farmers to educate them on better farming practices.

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